Pakistani politician thinks GTA V video is real, praises pilot for averting disaster


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On July 5, Pakistan’s Awami Tehreek Secretary General, Khurram Nawaz Gandapur, posted a clip from GTA V showing a plane landing and narrowly missing an oil tanker on the runway.

“Narrow escape of an aircraft which could have ended in a great disaster. Miraculous save by the pilot’s presence of mind,” he wrote in the now-deleted tweet.

As you might imagine, Gandapur was mocked mercilessly after mistaking the clip—the work of YouTube channel The UiGamer—for a real-life incident.

Another Twitter account,, also appeared to fall into the same trap, calling the video a “Terrorist attack in Algeria,” for some reason, which failed because of the “pilot’s immense skill.”

Gandapur isn’t the first person to mix up video games and real life. Back in 2016, the Russian government tweeted an image from Command and Conquer to warn of extremists in Syria, though it did add a "image used for illustration purposes only” disclaimer. In 2017, however, the country’s MOD said a screengrab of a promotional video for mobile title AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron was “irrefutable evidence” of the US helping ISIS. We’ve also seen CNN use Fallout 4 to illustrate Russian hacking activities, while in 2018, Russian TV tried to pass off an ARMA 3 clip as actual footage of the Syrian war.

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The camera shot alone should be enough to realize it is not real. But if your not really paying attention, including to all the other giveaways, then I guess one could mistaken it as real?
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There are lots of people out there who couldn't differentiate real footage from current advanced computer graphics. Especially those who don't play computer games. It's not stupidity, just not familiar.

Of course, re-tweeting something that does not concern oneself, or his line of work, is another matter entirely.


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Politicians shouldn't be involved in gaming discussions that goes even in the government since they lack the "necessary" knowledge to have a descent discussion. We've seen this many times with violence with video games as a matter a fact.